JDS Chief H D Devegowda has stated that the JD(S)-Congress government was formed due to the force from the Congress leadership and that he is not in favor of it.
Gowda said to the media, that the coordination committee Chairman Siddaramaiah had proposed to the high command to split from the JD(S).
Gowda said that “I did not take the initiative to form the coalition government. It was formed due to pressure from Rahul Gandhi (Congress President) Sonia Gandhi (former Congress President). I was personally against it. But Gulam Nabi Azad held my hands and pleaded that Kumaraswamy should become CM.”
Siddaramaiah said that the alliance with the JD(S) had been damaging the Congress and advised that the leadership pull back support to the H D Kumaraswamy government.
“I don’t want to comment much on media reports. But I wish to state that image for the coalition government will not be damaged by either the party JD(S) or its leaders. We will not issue any adverse statements and ensure that there is no problem with the government. I will be focusing on strengthening the party. I don’t wish to say anything else”.
Gowda claimed that about politics during his meeting with Rahul Gandhi recently, “I only suggested him to issue a direction to the State leaders not to comment on the coalition government openly in public. Otherwise, it will dent the image of the government”, he said.